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Tsantikihin (historical)

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  • Day19

    Juneau, AK

    August 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 11 °C

    The capital of Alaska, the permanent population is around 32,000 and grows to over 45,000 in summer. Most days it's raining.

    Our trip by jet boat to Tracy Arm Fjord and the Sawyer Glacier is cancelled en route due to adverse sea conditions. We are disappointed but better off safe. So we head for the free wifi available at the public library. Then it's off to explore the town.Read more

  • Day6


    May 30, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 12 °C

    Today the weather is scheduled to be 3 degrees so lots of layers for our Whales, Mendenhall Glacier and Rainforest Trail day. Whilst waiting for our trip we chatted to Cheryl and Ted from Texas, then were loaded onto our bus and met Tayler from Gastineau Guiding, our guide for the day. We travelled out of town along a very scenic route until we reached the marina which was surrounded by snow capped mountains. We boarded our vessel which was specially designed for whale watching and were introduced to Captain Lee who put his 'foot on the gas' to whizz us out to a quiet area to try to spot some humpbacks. Meanwhile Tayler talked about the migration cycle of the whales and how they are up in Alaska from about early May until September to feed up on the plentiful supply of krill and large plankton. In the autumn they head south for the warmer waters of Hawaii for mating and carving but there is no food supply there so when the whales return the following autumn, they are very hungry after their 3000 mile swim! We spotted at least 6 whales, we saw their spouts, hump backs and tails but unfortunately no breaching. We also saw some seals. It was a really sunny day with blue sky and the scenery was fabulous and apparently we were very lucky to have such great weather in Alaska, there are only 44 clear days here a year.

    We returned to the coach for a quick snack and drink and were then off for a rainforest walk and viewing of the Mendenhall Glacier. Tayler explained that the glacier is a river of ice, always moving and flowing downhill. However due to climate change the glacier is retreating at an ever increasing rate. The forest trail we walked on was once part of the glacier but is now a 'new' forest, only about 100 years old, closer to the glacier lake. When the glacier retreats the first thing to grow is moss, then alder, followed by spruce then western hemlock (MASH). We arrived at the glacier lake and saw several icebergs floating on it, some tinged blue. The Mendenhall Glacier is 13 miles long but only 3 miles are visible. We started to wander back and saw a porcupine. Tayler told us about a platform that overlooked the lake which was used for people to observe the bears coming to the water to eat salmon. It had been discovered that the more aggressive male bears didn't like to be around people but the female bears seemed to realise the people were behind a wire fence (in a cage! in fact it is just a waist level fence) so they are happy to come and feed and bring their young and they don't feel threatened or attack. Just as I was discussing with a fellow guest whether or not the little package on the floor was bear poo, a mum and 2 juveniles turned up and happily wandered around and ignored us all - fantastic to be so close to wild life. Well whales, bears, great weather and very knowledgeable guide make this a fantastic trip!

    When we made it back into Juneau we headed up to Mount Robson on the tram with Cheryl and Ted. We grabbed a coffee then set off on one of the short trails. There were fabulous views down into the inlet, ships and surrounded by snow capped mountains and with bald eagles souring around in the sky above. After the walk we went to the theatre, learned some Tlingit words and saw an interesting film about the Tlingit (native people).

    We descended into Juneau and did a little retail therapy before returning to the ship. Juneau is the capital of Alaska but the road that runs 50 miles ends in a dead end sign at both ends so it is isolated from the rest of Alaska.
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  • Day6

    Ship on Stick!

    May 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 6 °C

    I somehow managed to win myself a 'ship on a stick' ... for those who haven't cruised Carnival this is one of those cheap plastic trophies that everyone wants to get their hands on! I never got one last cruise so happy to have gotten one today!

  • Day13


    May 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Sunday, May 6th took ferry back across Georgia Strait to Vancouver then transfered to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal to board Holland America Line cruise ship M S WESTERDAM. 4:30pm social gathering with tour group. Dinner 6pm Pinnacle Grill for a Sail Away Dinner. Clocks back 1hr. each night cabin stewards set room up for the night.,with towels make animals - rabbit.Read more

  • Day14

    AT SEA

    May 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Monday, May 7th, weather 7degrees Celsius, mostly sunny, ships clocks set back 1hour at 2:00am.Spent time exploring and finding our way around ship. After lunch went to movies saw "Murder on the Orient Express". 1st Gala Night 4 course meal. Listened to Blues Music also entertained by 2 pianists playing and singing,brilliant. When we arrived back to cabin there was an elephant made out of towels.Read more

  • Day15


    May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Tuesday, May 8th, 21 degrees Celsius. 6:00am lots of dolphins swimming beside ship.
    6:30am speed boat came out of nowhere and pulled up along side ship (pirates) lol, later captain told us 3 pilots came on board. At 8am 8degree Celsius. Came ashore 2pm. Our tour guide did a walking tour, we shopped, we rode tramcar to Mt. Roberts. Saw a Bald Eagle "Lady Baltimore". Now sitting in library as only free WiFi. Will return to ship soon for evening meal. Will set sail at 10pm. An amazing warm sunny day.Read more

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